Call for Research Proposals

At this time, DOHMH and CUNY SPH are soliciting research proposals to use the NYC HANES repository for investigation of issues of local or national public health significance. Investigators planning to submit proposals should carefully review the NYC HANES Repository Use Procedures, the survey instrument, and the exam and laboratory measures. All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the NYC HANES Data Oversight Committee, a multi-disciplinary panel of CUNY SPH and DOHMH scientists.

What is the Repository Comprised of?

Serum and urine specimens were collected from most consenting participants (n=1230 for sera, and n=1465 for urine) and are stored at the NYC DOHMH's Public Health Laboratory. For each consenting particiapnt, approximately 6 ml of sera (in 6 vials of 1.0 ml each) and 25 ml of uine are stored at -70 degrees Celsius.

When must I submit a Proposal?

Proposals from DOHMH and CUNY SPH internal investigators must be received by January 31st, 2015 . Proposals will be reviewed by the NYC HANES Data Oversight Committee, and notifications will be sent by March 31st, 2015. Proposals recieved after January 31st, 2015, will likely be reviewed in the fall of 2015. Specific guidelines for submission of internal DOHMH and CUNY SPH research proposals are included in the NYC HANES Repository Use Procedures.

What if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about the NYC HANES repository or your potential research proposal, we are happy to discuss them with you. Contact us at


In addition to some 20 scientific articles published in the peer-reviewed literature, the 2004 NYC HANES produced a number of tools for use by researchers, including public use data sets with de-identified data so researchers can explore their own research questions, calls for research proposals to use the serologic repository to investigate important public health problems, and a lessons-learned document for jurisdictions considering conducting similar surveys.

Learn more about 2004 NYC HANES

We are now in the process of developing similar tools for 2013 NYC HANES. Because there will be data sets for 2004 and 2013, researchers will be able to conduct analyses to assess population-level changes over time using two cross-sectional data sets.

Innovations in Monitoring Population Health

In addition, NYC HANES is a critical element of a larger research project. Since 2005, the Health Department has supported the development of one of the nation's largest electronic health record networks, which covers nearly 2 million patients. Through this network, the Health Department collects aggregated, de-identified data on diabetes, hypertension, smoking-cessation counseling, and other key public health measures. By comparing health estimates from the electronic health record network with "gold standard" data obtained from NYC HANES, researchers will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of using electronic health records for population health surveillance in New York City.

Learn more about the Innovations Project